FOI Requests regarding forced primary academies

Matt Kane made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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From: Matt Kane

12 March 2012

Dear Department for Education,

For the period since 1st September 2011, please provide the
following information:
1) A copy of all Freedom of Information requests made to the DfE
requesting details of primaries schools that are to be required to
convert to academy status.
2) A copy of all Freedom of Information requests made to the DfE
requesting copies of guidance and criteria used in selecting
candidates for forced academy status. Personal information of the
requestor may be redacted.
3) A copy of all replies made to the requests at 1) and 2).
4) For all requests that were refused under a qualified exemption,
details of the public interest test performed, including the
factors considered and the weight assigned to each.
5) For all requests where a section 36 exemption was engaged,
details of the Qualified Person consulted, the date of the
consultation, and a copy of the opinion provided.

If any part of this request can be answered sooner than others
please send that information first followed by any further
information.

If any part of this request is unclear, please contact me at the
earliest opportunity for clarification. As this information should
be easily available from your case management system I would not
expect the time required to perform the request exceeds the
appropriate limit. However, if you do believe that the time will
exceed the limit, please contact me to discuss the options for
proceeding.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Kane

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Department for Education

12 March 2012

Dear Mr Kane

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number
2012/0016235.

Thank you
Department for Education
Public Communications Unit
Tel: 0370 000 2288
www.education.gov.uk

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From: Matt Kane

17 April 2012

Dear Department for Education,

This request is now overdue by nearly a week. Can I please have an
update.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Kane

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Department for Education

20 April 2012

Dear Mr Kane,

Thank you for your email dated 12 March 2012 about the FOI requests the
Department has received regarding forced primary school Academies.

Please accept our sincere apologies for not responding to your request as
of yet. We are still looking into the information you have requested.

We anticipated being able to provide you with a full response by Friday 27
April. If it appears that it will take longer than this to reach a
conclusion, we will keep you informed.
Yours sincerely
 
Danielle Foster
Department for Education
[1]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2012/0016492.

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Department for Education

3 May 2012


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Dear Mr Kane,
I refer to your request for information, which was received on 12 March 2012. You requested
information on FOI requests received by the Department since 1 September 2011 in relation to
schools that are required to convert to Academy status.
 
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I recognise that
we should have replied to your request within 20 working days and I apologise that we have
not met this deadline.

Following a search of the Department’s paper and electronic records, I am responding by
taking each question in turn:

1) A copy of all Freedom of Information requests made to the DfE requesting details of
primary schools that are to be required to convert to academy status.

At Annex A are copies of the four Freedom of Information requests made to the DfE requesting
details of primary schools that are required to convert to Academy status.  I have attached
this under separate cover. Immediately following each request is the response provided by
the Department. You will note that we have redacted all personal information.
 
2) A copy of all Freedom of Information requests made to the DfE requesting copies of
guidance and criteria used in selecting candidates for forced academy status. Personal
information of the requestor may be redacted.

The Department has not received any Freedom of Information requests requesting copies of
guidance and criteria used in selecting candidates for forced Academy status.

3) A copy of all replies made to the requests at 1) and 2).

4) For all requests that were refused under a qualified exemption, details of the public
interest test performed, including the factors considered and the weight assigned to each.

See response for 1) and Annex A attached. The response to each request sets out whether an
exemption was applied in each case and, if applicable, the rationale used to apply such an
exemption.

5) For all requests where a section 36 exemption was engaged, details of the Qualified
Person consulted, the date of the consultation, and a copy of the opinion provided.

It may be helpful if I set out the Department’s process for dealing with FOI requests.
Section 36 can only be used if, in the reasonable view of a "qualified person", disclosure
of the requested information would have one of the specified prejudicial effects. For the
Department this means our Minister with responsibility for FOI within the Department or
another Minister who is not directly involved in the policy area in question, must decide
that the release would have an inhibiting or disruptive effect. Where this exemption is
thought to apply a ministerial submission would need to be prepared showing the arguments in
favour of withholding. If agreeable, the Minister would sign a statement to that effect.
Following this, officials would then consider whether the public interest test in
withholding outweighs the public interest in release.

A copy of the Minister’s opinion in relation to all of the requests contained within this
response that apply a section 36 exemption accompanies this reply [DN- attach pdf]. That
document contains the date of the opinion and the name of the relevant Minister.

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If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint
to the Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter. 
Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in
the original consideration of your request. 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then
contact the Information Commissioner’s Office. 
Yours sincerely,

Danielle Foster
Academies Central Operations Division
[4]www.education.gov.uk

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From: Matt Kane

3 May 2012

Dear Ms Foster,
Thank you for your reply. I think there is a problem with the
attachment. The pdf is only a single page, with just the
ministerial opinion. None of the requests or responses were
included.

Yours sincerely,

Matt Kane

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Department for Education

3 May 2012


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Dear Mr Kane,

Due to our IT system, I’ve had to attach Annex A separtely to the response
given earlier.

Yours sincerely,

 

Danielle Foster
Academies Central Operations Division
[1]www.education.gov.uk

 

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9 May 2012


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Dear Mr Kane,

Thank you for your email,

I’m sorry to hear you only received my response and the PDF file last
week.

Annex A which includes the requests and responses was sent under separate
cover Thursday evening. This should have reached you by Friday, if not I
have attached Annex A for ease.

I would be grateful if you could confirm upon receipt. 

Yours
sincerely,                                                                                             

Danielle

Danielle Foster
Central Projects Team
Academies Central Operations Division

 

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